As part of the Sustainable Herbs Program’s outreach for the SHP Sustainability and Regenerative Practices Toolkit, we are hosting a series of conversations on key issues around sustainability and the botanical industry with leaders in the botanical community. We are happy to announce the third webinar in this series: Saw Palmetto: A Conversation on Sustainability, Quality, and Authentication.
Nearly the entire commercial supply of saw palmetto fruit (Serenoa repens, Arecaceae), or “berries” as they are called in the herbal trade, is wild-harvested primarily in Florida, and to a lesser extent, southeastern Georgia. In this conversation with ABC Board Member Steven Foster, ABC’s Chief Science Officer Stefan Gafner, Umasudhan Pal from Valensa International, and Edward Fletcher, an herb industry veteran with decades of experience with wild Native American medicinal plants and President, Native Botanicals, we will discuss the saw palmetto berry harvest, which is done by hand with seasonal labor. We will discuss challenges and opportunities related to sustainability, quality, adulteration, and what it takes to bring high quality saw palmetto extracts to world markets.
Saw Palmetto: A Conversation on Sustainability, Quality, and Authentication Thursday, October 8, 2020 2:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time Register here